Wednesday Nite Write: Ikaki

It’s a really warm spring night and you and your friends are at a club in northern Kentucky on the Ohio River. You see a beautiful person and, because you know, you recognize they are of the Ikaki* (fish folk). Use Big Boss Vette’s “Snatched” as inspiration.

*According to The Wagadu Chronicles, the Ikaki people are “fishers, soothsayers and sometimes pirates.”

Wednesday Nite Write: Water Spirits

Art by Zoumana Sane

You’re a child of Mami Wata living in Cincinnati near a body of water (your choice of Mill Creek or the Little Miami). You’re a clean water rights activist trying to get city council to help clean up pollution.

Note: Mami Wata (Mammy Water), or La Sirene, is a water spirit venerated in West, Central, Southern Africa, and in the African diaspora in the Americas. Mami Wata spirits are usually female but are sometimes male.

Meetup for Black Fae Day 2022

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Black Fae Day meetup! The rain held off and we were able to frolic in Mt. Airy Arboretum without worrying about getting soaked. 🧚🏾🧚🏾‍♀️🧚🏾‍♂️ We looked around for a different place to hold this year’s meetup but ultimately decided to go back to the Arboretum – it really is the PERFECT place for this kind of event. Thanks to our amazing photographers Teddie Parker of Teddie P, Co., Salim Williams of NyteVisions Photography, Brittney Johnson of Happy Bubbles Images and Aren Hageman-Johnson! (Note: Photos will be posted here as we receive them.)

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Wednesday Nite Write: Inkanyamba

From Encyclopedia Mythologica

Let’s continue the MerMay theme by creating a story including an Inkanyamba. According to Wikipedia, “The Inkanyamba is a legendary serpent said to be living in a waterfall lake area in the northern forests near Pietermaritzburg most commonly in the base of Howick Falls, South Africa.”

Welcome to Black Fae May!

Happy Black Fae May! If you’re looking for programming around Cincinnati to celebrate magical Black folks this month, we got you! Bring your kids to listen to griot Deondra Kamau Means on May 7, wear your best fairy/cryptid costume to our #BlackFaeDay meetup on May 14 (FYI this is a safe space for Black folks), and/or join us on YouTube for a chat about Black folklore as Black speculative fiction on May 21! We look forward to seeing you!